» UKAS and the Green Homes Grant Scheme
25 August, 2020
What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
At the start of August the Government announced a new scheme helping over 600,000 homeowners in the UK access up to £10,000 to install improvement measures to enhance the warmth, energy-efficiency and economy of their homes.
In order to address concerns around quality and confidence of service, Green Homes Grant Scheme funds can only be accessed by homeowners employing tradespeople certified to either PAS 2030:2017 or PAS 2030:2019 by a UKAS accredited Certification Body. Additionally, these tradespeople must be registered with either TrustMark or the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (itself a UKAS accredited scheme).
The scheme will be launched at the end of September this year and is expected to close in March 2022 (as the original timeframe was extended by a year on 18th November 2020.)
How will this be delivered?
To assist BEIS in planning for the implementation of the Green Homes Grant Scheme, UKAS is currently working with accredited PAS 2030 and MCS certification bodies, to establish both current levels of business, and their potential capacity to expand to fulfil expected demand, which is predicted to be 7-8 times the current level.
BEIS announcement of easement
This morning the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that to further ease delivery of the Green Homes Grant Scheme it is issuing a PAS 2030 2017 - PAS 2030 2019 Certification Temporary Flexibility Arrangement. This is of a similar nature to that recently issued for the ECO scheme, enabling scalability without compromising the rigour of existing accredited certification arrangements.
What measures are covered?
Under the Green Homes Grant Scheme homeowners (including owner-occupiers and social or private landlords) will be able to install one or more of the following:
- Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation;
- Air source or ground source heat pumps;
- Solar thermal.
In addition to installation of these items, vouchers can be redeemed for the improvement of energy efficiency, such as:
- Double or triple glazing/secondary glazing when replacing single glazing;
- Upgrading to energy efficient doors
- Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats or heating controls.
A comprehensive list of measures expected to be included in the Green Homes Grant Scheme can be found here UKAS_PAS-2030-CBs along with the UKAS accredited Certification Bodies that can certify participating installers.
How do I get involved?
Installers wishing to carry out installations under the Green Homes Grant Scheme will need to be certified to either PAS 2030:2017 or PAS 2030:2019 by a Certification Body that has been accredited by UKAS. You can find a list of all such accredited bodies operating in these sectors here: PAS 2030 and MCS scopes by CB updated
If you are a homeowner that wishes to access the grants to make improvements to the energy efficiency of your home, you can find a registered tradesperson on the TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme websites.
UKAS is the sole National Accreditation Body appointed under licence by BEIS to underpin quality and reduce risk in the delivery of services in a wide range of sectors including construction. By using an installer that has achieved accredited certification to either PAS 2030:2017 or PAS 2030:2019, consumers can be confident their installations meet required standards and will result in an enhancement of the overall energy efficiency of their homes.
Trust in the sales and installation process, products used as well as aftercare service is a vital component of the Green Homes Grant Scheme. In addition to playing an important role in the UK’s ambitious programme of home improvement, UKAS accredited quality assurance can also assist Government in achieving carbon reduction targets, boosting employment and speeding the economic return of the country to pre-COVID-19 levels. For more information on UKAS’s vital contribution to all aspects of Government, see here.